DIMAPUR, Aug 4 - A day after the NSCN-IM signed the �framework agreement� with the Government of India, Naga National Council (NNC) president Adinno Phizo said every Naga has a responsibility to uphold the Naga National Council (NNC).
Adinno Phizo is daughter of AZ Phizo. She said today that her outfit is not a political party. �It is not a government. It is the ultimate national institution of the Nagas. As such, every Naga has a responsibility to uphold the Naga National Council.�
According to her, the Naga National Council was formed on February 2, 1946 to hold the Naga people together in one platform as there was no central authority prior to this. After this, whenever the occasion arose, the NNC began to speak for the Naga people. In May, 1947 the emerging modern India sent her delegation of the Constituent Assembly of India to Kohima and met the NNC members, and made an offer to the Nagas to join the Union of India. The offer was refused. And then in June 1947, the Ten-Years Agreement was given by the Indian representatives. The NNC agreed with modification for 10 years, but India broke off its promise with NNC. And before Great Britain handed over her power to modern India, the Naga representatives declared Naga Independence on August 14, 1947, a day ahead of modern India, she added.
The NNC chief then said that her father AZ Phizo, on becoming the president of NNC in 1950, immediately began to direct the course of the NNC into a political consciousness and brought all regions (tribes) together as a nation. �He next took a national referendum, because modern India was alleging that only a few educated Nagas were talking about their independence. Therefore, a national plebiscite was conducted on May 16, 1951 by giving a choice to the people to decide whether to stay independent or join India. The result was 99.9 percent not to join India. And he also brought in our Eastern Nagas to join the mainland and established the Federal Government of Nagaland on March 22, 1956,� she added.
�The indisputable right is that Nagas are not Indians and Nagaland is not Indian territory. The Nagas have every right to be a nation. Hence, the NNC is the guardian of Nagaland. Let no Nagas be confused with this Naga national stand,� the NNC leader asserted.